Gallagher has appointed Lewis Walker as a Director in its specialist dispute resolution team in its major risks practice. Lewis joins Gallagher from Blackstone Chambers, a “magic circle” barristers chambers based in Temple, London, where he was one of the Senior Practice Managers.

Lewis has extensive knowledge of the legal sector having been at Blackstone Chambers since 2008, prior to which he was Practice Manager at Selborne Chambers from 2002. He has experience across a broad range of different types of law including commercial, chancery, EU & competition, international law, domestic and international arbitration, financial services plus mediation and ADR.

Gallagher’s major risks practice employs 60 risk professionals, and its established & growing dispute resolution team provides insurance solutions for law firms and litigation funders throughout the UK and across the globe. The solutions the team offer clients include after-the-event (ATE) insurance, law firm contingency fee insurance, arbitration award default insurance, capital protection insurance, appeal protection insurance and cross-undertaking in damages insurance. The team work in partnership with their clients enabling them to mitigate risk through the use of insurance, which means they can grow their business with added confidence.

Commenting on the appointment, Steve Jones, Executive Director of Gallagher’s dispute resolution team said: “We are delighted to welcome Lewis to our team. Blackstone Chambers is one of the UK’s foremost barrister’s chambers and has a well-deserved reputation for client excellence. Lewis joining Gallagher from such a well-respected set demonstrates the strength of our dispute resolution offering and builds on our position as a “top ranked” broker in the sector as determined by Chambers & Partners. Lewis is a great addition as we continue to build a team of experienced, ethical individuals passionate about client delivery.”

Lewis, added: “The opportunities for Gallagher to expand in the dispute resolution space are considerable and I am delighted to be joining a team which offers clients such a high level of experience and technical expertise.”